Summer of Smiles
“While we wish a million times over that our family was not affected by this horrible disease, we cannot feel more blessed to know and love our ‘Sunrise Family’, because that is what it is – not just a day camp, but a family.” – Maura (parent), Sunrise Day Camp-Long Island
Children with cancer and their siblings live in a world of no but at Sunrise Day Camp…it’s a world of YES!
Often isolated from the normal activities of childhood, children with cancer rarely have a chance to see beyond the closed worlds of home, hospital and doctors’ offices. Sunrise Day Camps change that by opening the door to a new world. As a result, making it possible for children to enjoy a summer filled with exciting daily activities. Most importantly, Sunrise encourages the children to produce enduring friendships and laughter. In short, Sunrise will always pay careful attention to the child’s special medical and emotional needs.
Sunrise Day Camps are offered free of charge on a non-sectarian basis to children ages 3½–16 (ages 3½–18 on Long Island). This includes children who have been in active treatment within the last five years, provided their doctor clears them to participate. In addition, for our preschoolers, Sunrise offers a modified program specially geared to their age. Days and hours may vary by site.
Sunrise Association Day Camps opened their doors on Long Island in 2006. Currently, there are nine camps in operation:
The Sunrise Association’s future plans include bringing the Sunrise magic created in New York, Maryland, Georgia, Israel and Southern NJ/Greater Philly to children everywhere, through the opening of new camps.
For more information, please contact Michele Vernon at 516.634.4146.